The Waldensian Church in Italy today
In Italy today the Waldensian and Methodist Churches, unified in 1975, have 25 000 members; 10, 000 live in the Waldensian valleys where they make up half the population. They have maintained strong links with the Waldensian Churches in Latin America as they attend the same synod. The Waldensian churches were founder members of the World Council of Churches, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Cevaa (Communauté Evangélique d’Action Apostolique).
In the second part of the 20th century, pastor Tulio Vinay founded two major institutions: the Agape centre in Prali in the Waldensian valleys – it is international and specialises in studying political, religious and social issues; the Riesi centre in Sicily , a community centre which works at bringing new life to this small town.